TToT – A Full Spectrum of Thankfulness

Categories Family, Health, Home, Life, Love, Self

I’ve had a colorful week. A full spectrum of things for which I am thankful.

I’d love to show and tell you that I snagged a photo of every hue and every experience. But I did not. I was too busy soaking in the moments, living the moments. And truly, the color thing didn’t occur to me until this morning, so…

How about this?

We saw the first pink blossoms on the trees in our neighborhood this week. OK, this photo is actually a couple of years ago, but it won’t be long before they look like this again! And, in yet another weather shift, are expecting a bit of snow tonight and tomorrow. Not much, but still…seriously?




We’ve had a few gray and rainy days this week. I know, I know. Most people don’t enjoy that, but I love a good rainy day. Especially when it’s not too cold.

And on other days, this week, we saw gorgeous golden sunshine. Once the sun came out, we were able to appreciate the effect of Daylight Saving Time and enjoy longer sunlit evenings.

Zilla had a whole lot of “green” days in school – something she works for each week. Green means she’s ready to learn, doing what she needs to do. That’s such a wonderful thing for us to know and an even more wonderful thing for her confidence and self-esteem. She’s working it!

Our girl also earned her blue belt in karate this week. She loves karate and she’s really thriving there, too. She not only passed her test but she nailed her kata. And – this is awesome – she was asked to help a fellow student who needed help with her own techniques. Talk about a confidence boost! We are so proud of her.


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The Hub and I got to grab dinner together the other night – alone. I had a sushi roll that had slivers of fresh orange on top. Can’t say I’ve ever had orange slices on my sushi…but it was delicious and fresh. We love our Zilla beyond measure, but we need time alone together, too, and that’s been too sparse lately.

And speaking of food, I am back to my smoothies again and the one I made today was a gorgeous light purple color – sort of a dark mauve, maybe? Vibrant. Cherries, berries, mixed super greens, celery, radish, tart cherry juice and water. It’s the new favorite. And seriously, why do I suddenly love celery? I love my smoothies and I feel so good when I have one daily. After several days of pale, bland food during that stomach bug, I was very glad to enjoy one this afternoon.

This morning our Listen to Your Mother cast had our first meeting and rehearsal, so I got out the red handbag, bracelet, and scarf. No pics, but trust me, I was stylin’.  As much as I ever do, anyway. Red is also the color of the shawl I keep in my office for chilly mornings and evenings when I’m sitting here writing and reading. It went missing this evening, but I’m quite happy to have it back around my shoulders.

I saw a family of five black vultures today while driving – so graceful, so beautiful. I am always glad to catch moments of the beauty of nature in action. And I’ll also be thankful for my three black Rottens who keep my feet warm and cozy when I sleep and keep me company here during the day.




And right now, black is also the color I want to see inside my eyelids in about the next five minutes!


 How about you? Your turn…what are you thankful for this week? What are the colors in your world?


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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

15 thoughts on “TToT – A Full Spectrum of Thankfulness

  1. A TToT of colors–love it! My mom often talks about how much her own grandma loved colors, so your post reminded me of my great-grandma–even though I never got to meet her.

    Date nights are so important! A strong marriage is a great blessing for the children!

  2. Awesome use of color, Lisa! Glad Zilla has had a green and blue week! And that you’re still craving celery but aren’t pregnant. I have a smoothie to write about for A to Z Challenge (celery-free, of course).
    I can’t believe you didn’t take a picture of yourself in all your red. Silly girl. So excited for you for the “Listen To Your Mother” gig.
    Oh, those Rottens! Hope the buzzards weren’t eyeballing THEM!

  3. I love red. Also love that you are doing Listen to Your Mother. Awesome.
    Yeah, for green days!
    Those trees are really beautiful. I too have been loving the blooms and the light this past week. Hate like heck to give up an hour sleep for even one night, but can’t argue with it being light outside at 7 pm.

    1. Thanks, May. I have always loved red – but deeper reds, not orangey reds. And YES to Listen to Your Mother! I am so excited!
      I’m with you on giving up the sleep but the extra light in the evening has something very special in it. I don’t know what it is and I wish I could explain it, but that late day sunlight is particular for me.

  4. What a wonderfully colourful and vibrant week you had.
    A lot of talk about happiness and when I think happy I think sunny yellow. I think red and I am not angry, but happy. Love red. Blue and green are fresh and cool.
    I could go on, but think you get my point.
    Love the pinks, yellow of a sunny day, blue of your girl’s awesome achievement, and even a grey day of rain can be beautiful in its own way.
    Black of the insides of your eyelids…love it.
    Also love the fresh orange and the tart cherry juice.

  5. I’m excited about this post – I think this is the first time in the hop that anyone’s been rainbowy thankful, and that’s really cool! I love the blossoms and I’ve been out of the loop but I hope your snow was inconsequential. Here’s to more sunshine and lovely blue-sky-days.

    SO excited you’re part of LTYM! I don’t think I’ve really acknowledged or celebrated that, but HOORAY FOR YOU! That’s awesome. Kristi was part of it a couple of years ago and I remember we got to hear her speech on vidchat the day before, and she rocked it, and I have every confidence that you’ll rock yours.

    SUCH cool things going on for you – and HOORAY for Zilla’s awesome greens, and for your delicious date.

    Hope you slept well and are getting better and better and better.

    1. I’m the first rainbow thankful? That’s pretty cool. 🙂 Our snow wasn’t even a blip – in fact, it might have passed by completely. I don’t even remember.
      I’m completely excited for LTYM – I’ve been wanting to post about it but I’m still pretty overwhelmed. The first meeting/rehearsal was something beyond words for me. Can’t explain it. I know Kristi (and a bunch of others) have done it in various cities and I’m so honored to join the ranks. Truly.
      We should catch up at some point – definitely things to catch up on. Hope you’re feeling better and better. I stopped in here just for you, sweets, but I’m out again. 😉

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